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New programme at Jackdaws

Jackdaws Music Education Trust is delighted to present its new annual programme of events. 

The season commences in October 2014 and sees residential courses offered with tutors such as Graham Fitch and Philip Fowke on piano, Evelyn Tubb and Rosa Mannion on voice as well as ensemble courses and much more.

Jackdaws’ series of taster Day Courses also return offering a wonderful introduction to new areas of music making as well as a famous Jackdaws lunch.

Jackdaws is also delighted to welcome some new tutors: Anna Stegmann, contemporary recorder professor at the Royal Academy is taking a joint course with Jackdaws  resident recorder tutor Pamela Thorby; celebrated soprano, Mary Plazas is taking a workshop in opera: renowned singers Sarah Leonard and Stephen Varcoe are leading an English Song weekend and the extraordinary piano teacher Penelope Roskell is coming to Jackdaws for the first time. J

Jackdaws artistic director Saffron van Zwanenberg said, “I am so delighted that such eminent professional musicians continue to support the work we do to include musicians from all backgrounds in accessing the best teaching and being inspired by discovering new repertoire and techniques.

“Often being a musician can be a solitary experience, so we are thrilled to be able to enable our tutors and our participants in coming together to bring music to life whilst spending time in our picturesque and inspiring location.”

Alongside all of these wonderful opportunities Jackdaws will also be continuing to be at the forefront of music education for children and young people in Somerset, championing classical music and musicians and promoting a classical method of teaching and learning to support and enable young people to fulfil their musical aspirations.

Last year Jackdaws Education engaged and enabled 5000 children and young people through the annual programme of activities including opera, chamber music and composition under the banner of Jackdaws’ core values; Access, Inclusion and Inspiration.

Jackdaws look forward to developing this further in the upcoming season and continuing to ‘Enable Creative Expression by Bringing Music to Life’.

General course booking opens on 1st August. The new programme can be viewed online at – -15. Email for more information: Saffron van Zwanenberg – artistic director Joshua Bishop – projects and digital officer